Oct. 20, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. -- The Northern Illinois University men’s golf team will compete in the Pinetree Intercollegiate at Pinetree Country Club in Kennesaw, Ga., on Monday, Oct. 21 and Tuesday, Oct. 22, to close the fall portion of their 2013-14 slate.
“We have worked really hard the last couple of weeks,” said NIU head coach Tom Porten. “This course presents a challenge in that these will probably be the fastest greens we will see all year, which we learned the hard way there last year. We have done everything we could to speed up the practice greens at Rich Harvest Farms to simulate it as close as we could.”
NIU is joined by a pair of MAC schools, Akron and Ball State, at Pinetree, the 12-team field also includes Florida Gulf Coast, Indiana, host Kennesaw State, Louisville, Samford, Troy, Texas-Pan American, Winthrop and Wofford.
“This is a great, final chance this fall to compete against some Midwest schools making the trip down and we are really excited to compete in a great event on a solid golf course,” said Porten. “It should be a good test to see how far we have come this fall. I have liked the way we have practiced, the prep has been good and we are anxious to see how we do.”
Last season, the Huskies finished ninth at the Pinetree Intercollegiate, host Kennesaw State is the defending champion of the event on the 7,108-yard, par-72 course at the Pinetree Country Club.
The Huskies will field the same lineup as they did in their last tournament, led by junior Liam White (Waukegan, Ill./Carmel Catholic/Indian Hills CC). Last time out at Erin Hills, White posted a round of 74 and a pair of rounds of 75. He will be joined by senior Shawn Foley (Pewaukee, Wis./Waukesha North), who finished tied for 43rd last season at Pinetree, and a trio of freshmen, Caulen Coe (Gulf Stream, Fla./University of Nebraska Independent School), Jake Curwin (Fairbault, Minn./Shattuck St. Mary’s) and Pierrick Fillon (Voreppe, France/Lycee Pierre Beghin).
Monday’s 36-hole day of play begins at 8 a.m., with tee time off of No. 1 and No. 10. Tee times for Tuesday’s final round are scheduled to begin at 8:20 a.m. Live scoring is available via GolfStat.com.